Another reason to love Zucchini

I love all forms of squash but have never used one as a weapon:

A Montana woman fended off a bear trying to
muscle its way into her home Thursday by pelting the animal with a
large piece of zucchini from her garden.

p>The woman suffered minor scratches and one of her dogs was wounded after tussling with the 200-pound bear.

The
attack happened just after midnight when the woman let her three dogs
into the backyard for their nighttime ritual before she headed to bed,
Missoula County Sheriff’s Lt. Rich Maricelli said. Authorities believe
the black bear was just 25 yards away, eating apples from a tree.

Two
of the dogs sensed the bear, began barking and ran away, Maricelli
said. The third dog, a 12-year-old collie that wasn’t very mobile,
remained close to the woman as she stood in the doorway of the home
near Frenchtown in western Montana.

Before she knew what was happening, the bear was on top of the dog and batting the collie back and forth, Maricelli said.

“She
kicked the bear with her left leg as hard as she could, and she said
she felt like she caught it pretty solidly under the chin,” Maricelli
said.

But as she kicked, the bruin swiped at her leg with its paw and ripped her jeans.

The
bear then turned its full attention to the woman in the doorway. She
retreated into the house and tried to close the door, but the bear
stuck its head and part of a shoulder through the doorway.

The
woman held onto the door with her right hand. With her left, she
reached behind and grabbed a 14-inch zucchini that she had picked from
her garden earlier and was sitting on the kitchen counter, Maricelli
said.

She threw the vegetable. It bopped the bruin on the top of its head and the animal fled, Maricelli said.

8 thoughts on “Another reason to love Zucchini

  1. Elspeth Ravenwind says:

    “14 inch zucchini” – now that’s just bragging! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Remember kids, don’t eat your veggies, you may need them to fend off an attacking animal. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. pansypoo says:

    animals don’t throw stuff at bears, they ain’t ready for that. so boy scouts, bring along a zuke and be prepared.

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  3. hoppy says:

    Things are really going to pot when you can’t even give the extra zucchini to a bear and have him accept it with good grace.

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  4. MapleStreet says:

    In the middle of tearing down my garden for the winter – love your quote hoppy.
    OTOH – I think Jay Leno hit it on the head (no pun intended) when he said what really happened was that the lady happened to be holding a zucchini when the bear decided it wasn’t interested.

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  5. Tom Allen says:

    “Bopped the bruin”? Surely the appropriate verb for a vegetable defense is “beaned”.

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  6. Elspeth Ravenwind says:

    I think Christine O’Donnell is against one ‘bopping one’s bruin’… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  7. Interrobang says:

    But did she bop the bruin on the beezer? Enquiring and alliterative minds want to know…

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